Myths about Patents
Fiction: I have a patent that protects my invention throughout the world.
Fiction: I am using old technology so I don’t have to worry about patents.
Fiction: Once a patent has been granted, it cannot be invalidated.
Fiction: I have read the specification of the patent and do not do a lot of what is discussed, so I do not infringe that patent.
Fiction: Most of my products are only improvements on existing technology so patents are not available to me.
Fiction: I develop software so patents are not available to me.
Fiction: My computer program is protected by copyright so I can’t get a patent on it.
Fiction: A patent gives me the right to do what is stated in my patent.
Fiction: I found patented technology that I wish to use – I will obtain a licence to use it.
Fiction: It takes years to obtain a patent, so by the time my patent has been granted, my technology will be out of date.